Hans Knappertsbusch, the German conductor, was born in Elberfeld on 12 March 1888 and died in Munich on 26 October 1965. His authority as a supreme Wagnerian conductor was established in Europe, where most of his time was spent. He also conducted the Richard Strauss operas.
CD Spotlight. Truly Unique - Patrick Maxwell pays homage to a 1955 Parsifal from the Bayreuth Festival. 'All these impressive voices, heard here in their prime, combined with Knappertsbusch's wonderful orchestra, make a sound which is truly intimate and doubly intense.'